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US citizen arrested on corruption charges in Afghanistan

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US citizen arrested on corruption charges in Afghanistan

Elton Maurice McCabe, a resident of Louisiana, was arrested on Thursday on corruption charges related to sub-contracting works in Afghanistan.

Court documents claim that McCabe used the bribe he receives from subcontractors to pay for personal family expenses.

According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, the 53 year old had accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gratuities from subcontractors.

McCabe is a former vice-president of a construction company doing work in Afghanistan.

In 2009, McCabe had accepted cash payment and a wire transfer of about USD 53,000 to his wife’s bank account from subcontractor s in exchange for awarding subcontractors in connection with US reconstruction projects in Kandahar.

Furthermore, the Justice Department said that McCAbe accepted cash payments and arranged for a contractor’s consultant to wire $20,000 to his wife’s bank account in exchange for construction material that belonged to his company.

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